“Jesus stopped and said, ‘Call him.’ So they called to the blind man, “Cheer up! On your feet! He’s calling you.” Throwing his cloak aside, he jumped to his feet and came to Jesus.” Mark 10:49-50
It probably a busy road, a main artery leading into Jericho. Many people passed by that blind man on the side of the road on a daily basis. Most probably ignored him. Beggars were way too common. Until one man stopped.
This beggar wasn’t blind to the eternal- he “saw” His Saviour passing by him and called out to Him repeatedly through the crowd. Jesus heard. He told the people to call the man to Him. That’s all the man needed to have hope.
Yesterday in heavy traffic, I was anxious to make it to an appointment in time. Finally after three changes of the light, I got to the intersection. As I was turning to go over the bridge, I saw two young people walking with a gas can, hot and tired. I knew the gas station was another three blocks away and it was 101 degrees outside. They looked resolved that nobody would stop. I told myself there was no place to pullover and stop on that bridge without causing a wreck. I still wish I could have. No, I should have. God would have taken care of the traffic and if a few people honked, oh well. My appointment would have waited. It was an opportunity lost.
How many times do we plod through life, ignoring the people on the roadside, lost and bewlildered. In their own way they are crying out for Jesus. Perhaps they do not think anyone will hear. But, He does. Is Jesus saying to you, “Bring them to me.” ? Are you the one to tell them “Cheer up, on your feet. He’s calling you.” ? Maybe that is what they need – you – to give them hope and point them to the One who can heal them, bring them peace and comfort them. Or first, maybe they just need a cold drink and a ride to the gas station.
Dear Lord, let me be more bold. When You put people in my path as I walk through life, let me not be in such a hurry as to miss the opportunityto show a little kindness. The world needs to know of Your grace and love. You call us to be Your witnesses, to be Your hands and to reach out. Forgive me when I do not respond in faith. Thank you for always responding to me. Amen.
“They will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thristy or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison nad not help you?’ He will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.” Matthew 25:44-45